Thursday, January 07, 2010

One of the Stupider Things I've Had To Do in Awhile

On September 25th I was running errands on the way home from work and was stopped at a traffic light.  when I heard a loud crash in my car.  The car jerked forward and bumped the car that was stopped in front of mine.

"What the hell?!" I hollered at my rear view mirror.  I got out of the car, and some punk kid driving the car that rear-ended mine was freaking out in the middle of oncoming traffic.

"OhmygodohmygodohmygodohmygodareyouOK?" he blurted out.  I convinced him to get out of traffic and told him I was fine.  We swapped information.  Two weeks later my car was fixed.  Then the insurance settled the claim.  On Friday I was on a desk cleaning binge and I happened to have tossed out the address and insurance information from the guy who had hit me.

Then in Saturday's mail I got a letter from the state of RI.  Inside was a long form, on that ridiculoulsy long paper that you'd find in the bottom drawer of the printer at work.  It was printed double-sided.  There was a cover letter inside the envelope that says "You need to fill out this accident report.  If you don't we'll suspend your license and make you pay $76.50 to get it back." 

Here it is three months later, and I am under threat to have my driver's license revoked because some jackass wasn't paying attention and slammed into the back of my car.  And the only reason why I am filling out this stupid form (no, I don't know the guy's VIN number.  Really?  You think I know that?) is because I really like my license picture.

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Blogger Taoist Biker said...

Maybe RI has something like the University here does - when I got a new ID made, they actually re-used my old, stored photo.

You'd still be out the dough, though. Blah.

The neocons aren't always wrong when they say government is inefficient and sometimes stoopid.

January 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

They do have that. I was able to keep my topless license picture when I renewed.

What gets me is the threat in the letter in this form:

On the letter it says that they'll suspend my license and I'll have to pay $76.50 to get it back. On the actual form it says that if I do not comply with filling in the form and sending it in, they'll fine me $1,000.

I mean, I know that RI is very hard up for cash. Our budget is a disaster. But to fine people who got hit in an accident for not complying? It was NOT my choice to get rear-ended. Why not fine the jackhole that hit me?? He got off scot free!

January 8, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger The Creeper said...

That is so completely ridiculous. Kinda makes Michigan look tame.

January 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM  

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